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Environmental Sustainability Internship–MWRD

Description: The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is in search of a current student seeking an internship opportunity in the Office of the Board of Commissioners. The prospective intern will gain experience in conducting research and reading reports concerning sustainable measures and the wastewater industry. Interns will also learn how policy and environmental issues are developed and impact constituents of the District’s service area. By the conclusion of this internship, the interns may be required to present final work and communicate the role of the Board of Commissioners to the District staff.

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iLandscape–FREE student roundtables and career fair THIS Friday, January 31.

Friday, January 31, 2020
Student roundtable sessions, job boards, and career fair!

iLandscape welcomes all studious students, prepared pupils, unbelievable undergrads, and serious scholars. Students may attend any day of iLandscape at no cost but Student Career Day will be Friday, January 31, 2020. The complete educational program is available to students at a reduced fee. Any student looking to make the jump to becoming a green industry professional cannot miss this incredible day at iLandscape.


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UIC Summer Institute on Sustainability & Energy: Applications Due May 30

SISE 2020: Resiliency, July 9-22, 2020

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Can we survive climate change catastrophe, and if so, how? Can we sustain our current quality of life? Is that even desirable? Can we do better? Should we focus on sustainability or resiliency? What can we do to find balance and stabilize our world by 2050? Find out more about our 2020 program.

This program is open to students who are interested in studying about our climate crisis, interacting with others from around the world, and engaging in thought-provoking conversations, while brainstorming solutions. It is free for attendees and lodging is provided.

About Resiliency

  • Can we survive climate change catastrophe, and if so, how? 
  • Can we sustain our current quality of life? Is that even desirable? Can we do better? 
  • Should we focus on sustainability or resiliency?
  • What can we do to find balance and stabilize our world by 2050?

In 2020, the Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) considers what it takes to be resilient in the face of climate change. It explores this generation’s greatest questions, the nature of resiliency and sustainability, and future opportunities through the research of local experts. SISE Fellows will engage with a new energy mapping initiative being develop by the American Energy Society and identify best-practices for activists and advocates committed to achieving climate justice by offsetting climate catastrophe.


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Students!! Attend Citizens’ Climate Lobby Regional Conference (September 20-22 ) for only $20!

Are you interested in learning more about how YOU can make a difference when it comes to policy that fights climate change? Come to the 2019 Citizens’ Climate Lobby Great Lakes Regional Conference to LEARN and NETWORK with like-minded folks. The student fee for registration is only $20! The conference will be held Friday, September 20 to Sunday, September 22 in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Interested? Sign up by September 12.

From their site: CCL builds the political will for our elected representatives to take action on climate change. And with an effective, bipartisan climate bill introduced in Congress right now, that political will is more important than ever!

The Regional Conference is an opportunity for newcomers and longtime CCL members to gather to learn, practice skills, inspire each other, and strategize in moving our country toward climate solutions. The Great Lakes Region – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin – is large and diverse, but we share common concerns due to the climate impacts already manifesting in our wildlands, cities and farms.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Dell and John Sabin (greatlakes-rc@citizensclimate.org)


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Oakton’s Earth Week 2019 Events Announced!

Event Descriptions can be found here.

**Please note, an earlier version of this calendar showed that Creating Justice Symposium would be held on Saturday, April 27. The actual date is April 20. More details will be posted here when available.**


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Audubon Habitat Restoration Paid Internships–Apply Now!

For over a decade, Audubon Great Lakes has trained young adults for careers in conservation through our Audubon Wings Internship program. Annually, Audubon hires, trains, and supervises Restoration Interns, who work on lands managed by the Forest Preserves of Cook County and Chicago Park District, respectively.

The Audubon Habitat Restoration Internship is a 16-20 week program focusing on ecological restoration and land stewardship. Interns are seasonal, full-time (40 hour/week) employees and provided competitive hourly salary. Interns work outside in various extreme weather conditions and must be able to commit to a flexible schedule throughout the program, as weather determines the workday. Previous experience in habitat restoration is not required, but interns are expected to complete necessary trainings and certifications in order to complete assigned projects in the field. During the program, interns will carry-out work orders to remove invasive vegetation, collect and distribute native seeds, plant native plugs, and participate in prescribed burns.

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TreeKeepers Course in March

TreeKeepers is running a forestry volunteer training program at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center in Willow Springs beginning in late March. TreeKeepers learn how to help keep trees green and growing, volunteering in a variety of situations from street tree care and tree planting to woodland stewardship and advocacy.

The TreeKeepers Program is an eight day course with classroom and field components. Lessons are taught by nationally and world-renowned experts. Some of the topics covered include tree biology, soils, tree identification, pruning, tree selection, planting and mulching, and pests and diseases. The certification course costs $128 (limited scholarships available). Included in the tuition are a TreeKeepers Program Manual, safety glasses, and upon graduation, a TreeKeepers certificate, badge, and a t-shirt.

If you’re interested in becoming a Certified TreeKeeper, please contact Al De Reu (adereu@openlands.org). For more information about the program, please visit http://www.openlands.org/treekeepers.